Chennai/Madurai: Even as the Tamil Nadu police have intensified its probe in the Rs 16,338 crore granite quarrying scam, Durai Dayanidhi, son of union minister MK Alagiri, continues be on the run.
High on the wanted list of the police, Durai and some other prime accused are missing. As part of the crackdown, the immigration authorities are keeping a check across airports but there is no trace of Dayanidhi just yet.
Dayanidhi was a director in Olympus Granite, one of the companies under the government scanner for illegal quarrying. He has applied for anticipatory bail in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.
The search was intensified amid reports that some of the accused have already fled the country.
Besides Durai Dayanidhi, others named include Maharajan, Nagarajan, P Sureshkumar, P Senthilkumar, P K Selvaraj, Veeramani, Periyasamy and four others of different granite companies.
As per a media report, over 50 persons have been arrested in connection with the scam
On August 7, cases were registered against 10 persons, including Durai Dayanidhi, charging companies owned by them with mining sand and granite without permission.
The action came close on the heels of a detailed survey of 175 granite quarrying sites by the district administration on a report by former District Collector U Sagayam, estimating loss to the state exchequer by illegal quarrying at Rs16,338 crore.
Each granite block of 10 cubic metre is worth Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000. Some reports claimed that granite worth more than Rs 30,000 crore could have been illegally mined over the past few years.
Last week, vigilance officials searched 34 places in the state after filing two cases against two IAS officers and a group of state officials for irregularities in quarrying.
The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) said it had conducted a detailed inquiry to probe largescale irregularities in granite quarrying in Madurai district over the past several years.
According to DVAC, a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against IAS officers N Mathivanan and C Kamaraj and other state government officials.